Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Of Vows, Woes and Wows

At the outset, lemme state that i am experiencing all the wows, touchwood. if you are wondering what i am talking about, its marriage!! something that is increasingly becoming out of fashion.
i saw a malayalam movie this weekend, an old one, where the protagonist climbs the ladder of success by using women , promising them marriage etc. at that time, there were rare occurences of this happening. the poor scriptwriter would have had a tough time, if he had to write it now, coz its more of a norm. there are at least 5 movies either made or in the process of being made exploring various facets of infidelity, both by husband and by wives.movies are reflections of society, so it is only fair to assume that this is the way it is.
after one year of being married, i simply cant think of a reason why anyone would want to chuck the comforts of a long married life for a few pleasures once in a while. but i guess, lots dont agree. but i guess if they are being inundated with semi clad images of mallika sherawats, meghna naidus, beyonces (names changed to protect privacy ; -) )etc, one cant really blame them.
but is society driving to a point where marriages would become rare occurences as opposed to being a norm?? we'll wait for events to unfold, but meanwhile, your dose of
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So you see, imagination needs moodling - long, inefficient, happy idling, dawdling and puttering.~ Brenda Ueland
Creativity is...seeing something that doesn't exist already. You need to find out how you can bring it into being and that way be a playmate with God.~ Michele Shea

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Hot and Happening

Since the whole of India is like an oven, the title would have been apt even if it was out of context, but it is in context, nevertheless....
i saw a malayalam movie thats become a hit recently. Its called "4 the poeple" (the pun, i think, is intended because it centres around four college guys).
Four engineering graduates who are sick of the corruption, goondaism around, and take the law into their hands. their interface with the commonfolk is a website where people can register complaints against corrupt practices, gangs etc. the guys (typically, almost as a trademark) cuts off the right hand of the perpetrator and sends off the proof of his misdeeds to the police.
I am happy for the movie's success, coz it means the public is still at a stage where they are appreciative of (at least) someone standing for justice, fairness etc.... and more than that, willing to sacrifice a good life for the betterment of society. In a society devoid of morals, even thats a boon. right now, the process of accumulating wealth has become a passion. and it has to be, if only for survival. and therefore morals, ethics, virtues etc dont count.
i need more money coz my old classmate has bought a new car, my colleague has bought a new house, my neighbour has two home theatres for his single home and so on and so forth...all the while listening to new age gurus, who, like a colleague so aptly put it, are only telling me what my grandma used to say anyways!!
i am in the whirlpool, and even though i hate it, i have to swim vigorously to survive.... and if i can manage it, sink a couple of people swimming with me...
society judges me be what i have, and not what i am, and so i play along, and will lose eventually, but yes, i tried. and i am a traitor in society's camp coz i derive a sadisitic pleasure when i hear people talking about the heat (even though i get affected myself)..coz , its because of the tree cutting, plastic using, animal killing consumeristic greed of ours that nature is treating us with the same feeling that we treat it... no sympathies!! but hey, i am still with society, and pretty soon, hope to be hot and happening....
meanwhile, some good quotes from some lucky people who had the time to think...... and do
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"About the most originality that any writer can hope to achieve honestly is to steal with good judgment." ~ Josh Billings
"Everyone is as God has made him, and oftentimes a great deal worse." ~ Miguel de Cervantes
"God is at home, it's we who have gone out for a walk." ~ Eckhart

Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Theory of Relativity

Heat. Lightning. More heat. Coconut trees. and between all these a tiny post, a day late....a classic case of blogginess overcoming laziness. (the style was intended to be something like the beginning of a work of fiction, i am practising every week ... hehe)
a lil bit about the title, am in no ways trying to expand on what ol' albert said or did.. uh uh, i am not even trying to go there... on the contrary, it veers more towards the 'how we are' side of 'philosophy' than the 'how we are' side of science.
It was sparked off by an article i saw in 'the week' about the difference in salaries of profs in the iims and the dudes who pass out of there, it was around 3 times. so, i wondered why the profs were still there - the first answer was an obvious one, they loved what they were doing.
the other less obvious reason set off a thought process whose results were as follows - if we only look at what we are, what we earn, what we possess etc in an absolute sense , rather than in a relative sense i.e in comparison with what others have, what they earn, what they possess etc we would be more at peace with ourselves and the rest of humanity. there, thats the new theory of relativity. and so we would be able to spend more time doing things that would improve our lives...screeeeeech, just slammed the brakes on that line of thought, we will go there some other day.
just realised a pun in this - 'relatives are the source of misery' ;-)
and now on to
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When the gods wish to punish us, they answer our prayers. ~ Oscar Wilde
"out of my mind, back in 5 minutes" ~ unknown
" i do not suffer from insanity, rather i love every minute of it" ~ another unknown

Monday, April 05, 2004

And on the eighth day, He made God

Usually dine out on Saturdays, its a weekly ritual, kinda relaxant for me... this week, went to a place called "Whats cooking?"... other than all the things that are the norm, i liked the place coz it gave me a view of arguably one of the busiest streets in bangalore - Commercial Street. For one and a half hours, i watched diverse versions of our species in various moods and states of existence - some rich, some poor, some physically challenged, some kids, some grown ups, some grown up kids, some angry, some peaceful, some happy, many sad and suddenly i happened to remember a song, which remains a favourite because of its lyrics and concept - "What if God was one of us" by Joan Osborne. It set of a whole train of thoughts in my head, all over again..... about the concept of what we call God, and how he can be so non-human - lacking of ego, anger, hatred... coz if I had a lot of atheists living happily, a lot of guys halfway atheist and demanding proof of my existence, (as if the entire phenomena around them werent enough), a lot of guys beseeching/threatening/cursing me for miscellaneous favours and forgetting me once i get the things done, and to top it all, some wisecracks who proclaim "if god is in everything, he is in me, so worship me", oh hell, (pardon the pun), i'd be one pissed off God. Thank God they didnt choose me to be God (according to Hindu mythology, the best kings on earth were chosen to be Indra, the king of Gods, after their tenure on earth... we dont have kings now, so......)..hehe...
While on the concept of God, here's a good fwd i got, its titled "Whispers" (no, theres no brand involved this time :) )
The man whispered, "God, speak to me" and a meadowlark sang.
But, the man did not hear.
So the man yelled, "God, speak to me" and the thunder rolled across the sky.
But the man did not listen.
The man looked around and said, "God let me see you." and a star shined brightly.
But the man did not see.
And, the man shouted, "God show me a miracle." and, a life was born.
But, the man did not notice.
So, the man cried out in despair, "Touch me God, and let me know you are here." Whereupon, God reached down and touched the man.
But, the man brushed the butterfly away ...
and walked on.

I found this to be a great reminder that God is always around us in the little and simple things that we take for granted ...
and now for your weekly dose of
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the first quote will apply to a lot of bloggers, the rest are more in line with the post above
"A writer writes not because he is educated but because he is driven by the need to communicate. Behind the need to communicate is the need to share. Behind the need to share is the need to be understood. The writer wants to be understood much more than he wants to be respected or praised or even loved. And that perhaps, is what makes him different from others." ~ Leo Rosten
"It may be that our role on this planet is not to worship God, but to create him." ~ Arthur C. Clarke
"Is man one of God's blunders or is God one of man's blunders?" ~ Friedrich Nietzsche"
God is not dead but alive and well and working on a much less ambitious project." ~ Anonymous, Graffiti
"I have too much respect for the idea of God to make it responsible for such an absurd world." ~ Georges Duhamel
"I don't know if God exists, but it would be better for His reputation if He didn't." ~ Jules Renard

PS - If "God's Own Country" still has internet alive and kicking, the next post will be from there!!